Central African Republic Inaugurates Largest Solar Power Plant in Central Africa
On November 17, 2023, marking a significant turn in Central Africa’s energy landscape, President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic inaugurated the region’s largest solar power plant. Nestled in the village of Danzi, this World Bank-financed project stands as a testament to the country’s commitment towards sustainable energy.
Revolutionizing Central Africa’s Energy Landscape
With an impressive capacity of 25 megawatts and sprawled over an area of 70 hectares, the solar facility houses nearly 47,000 solar panels. This development, part of the Emergency Electricity Supply and Access Project (PURCEL), received approval from the World Bank board back in February 2019.
Under Touadera’s administration, which began in 2016, the country’s electricity production has seen a fourfold increase, from 25MW to 100MW. Despite this increase, the demand for electricity in the region stands at an overwhelming 250MW.
Stepping Towards Diversified Electricity Production
President Touadera reiterated the necessity of diversifying the nation’s electricity production sources. He laid emphasis on the government’s resolve to exploit the country’s full potential in hydroelectric, solar, and biomass energy. This commitment is expected to bridge the 150MW shortfall in electricity supply.
A New Era for the Economy
The Danzi solar plant signifies a substantial move towards rejuvenating the economy, which had stagnated due to negligible investments in the energy sector for four decades prior to Touadera’s tenure. This initiative marks not just a triumphant stride towards sustainable energy, but also a beacon of hope for the country’s economy.